new orleans today. colorful beads, costumes, masks, parades all over the city. >> and that's just the stuff we can talk about, right? nothing will stop the party before lent, not even rain. jay grey is there with more. >> reporter: hey there and happy mardi gras. it will rain on the parades today, and it will go into the evening, and it's cooler than normal for this carnival. in the 30s, not expected to get much warmer. a lot of people getting out and enjoying the last day of mardi gras. it's important this party goes off and it looks like it is. no major problems. they are packed, so that is great news. again, it is a party that will continue well into the evening.